Located in the heart of Asia, Taiwan is a top travel destination in Asia, attracting almost 10 million visitors in 2015 with its diverse natural beauty, historic monuments, cultural attractions, and distinctive cuisine.
U.S. travelers to Taiwan can experience the dual wonders of an island steeped in rich history and modernity in the form of high-tech infrastructure and world-class amenities. Taiwan’s tourism promotion efforts are also winning international attention.
What You Need to Know
- Getting There: Taiwan is situated off the southern seashore of the Chinese mainland, located at the center of the route between Japan, Korea and the Southeast Asian countries, with a mere one-hour time difference between the island and other East Asian nations. Travelers to Taiwan can reach the island through three international airports — Taoyuan, Kaohsiung, and Taipei — and 7 international harbors.
Getting to Know Taiwan: Travelers to Taiwan can experience stunning scenic views– from the beautiful winding coastlines to high mountain forests and offshore islands. The diverse landscape provides many opportunities to enjoy hiking, biking, sailing, hot springs and other outdoor activities. Travelers can also visit world-renowned museums including the National Palace Museum as well as more than 5,000 temples, some in existence for over 300 years. A vibrant shopping scene, night life, festivals and culinary delights round out a full list of enticing options for travelers to Taiwan. More detailed information for travelers can be found at the official destination website for Taiwan.
Getting Around: Taiwan’s domestic passenger transportation systems include modern railways, highways and domestic airports. Buses and railway networks run throughout the island, and the high-speed trains have tremendously reduced the traveling time between north and south Taiwan. Domestic airports are also available in 15 cities and are great ways to travel to Taiwan's beautiful offshore islands.
Travel Regulations: The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) website maintains up-to-date information for U.S. applicants for travel to Taiwan. U.S. passport holders are allowed to enter Taiwan without a visa for up to ninety days as long as the passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Taiwan and the passport holder has a confirmed return or continuing travel ticket. U.S. citizens interested in residing in Taiwan can find additional instructions for visa applications and other government regulations for foreign nationals on the website of Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency.
24-Hour Toll-Free Travel Information Hotline: If you need help when visiting Taiwan, such as information on transportation, hospital care, accommodations, or travel news, you can call the 24-hour toll-free Travelers Information Hotline at: +886 0800-011-765. The friendly staff can help you free of charge in English, Japanese, Korean or Chinese.You can also access English-language directory assistance by dialing 106.
Useful on-the-ground tips: Tips are not customary, though hotels and more upscale restaurants normally charge a 10% customer service fee. For your electronics, Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. Appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adapter.
When Portuguese sailors first passed by Taiwan in 1544, they called the island Ilha Formosa, meaning "Beautiful Island" in Portuguese. Located on the western edge of the Pacific "rim of fire" with continuous tectonic movements, this beautiful island has a gorgeous diverse landscape with majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and more.
Many airlines fly to Taiwan, making it the perfect travel destination. U.S. passport holders can enter Taiwan without a visa for up to 90 days as long as the passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Taiwan and the passport holder has a confirmed return or continuing travel ticket.